Teacher’s union ties defunding police to opening schools

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As a condition of reopening the public schools, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is reportedly calling for the defunding of the police.

The politicized, 35,000-member union make a questionable claim that police violence “is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue” and wants “astronomical” police funding redirected toward education, housing, and public health, JusttheNews reported.

Even though a teacher’s life’s work is or is supposed to be educating the younger generation, the union apparently wants L.A. schools — which are scheduled to reopen on August 18 —  to stay closed until various demands are met.

The union’s wish list might be partially satisfied in that the Los Angeles City Council has already cut $150 million from the police budget, which according to a police union spokesman will likely impact every unit in the department, including community policing that reduces crime, 911 response time, and cadet training at the police academy.

A police resource officer stationed in each school would presumably be eliminated in this scenario.

Based on the number of students, the Los Angeles Unified School District is the second-largest school system in the U.S.

Waste and inefficiencies, unfortunately, exist in every government agency (including on a police force where overtime is sometimes out of control) that should come under scrutiny, but taxpayer money is perhaps most squandered in the social services agencies.

Among other things, UTLA also wants charter schools, where students tend to do the best, discontinued, tax increases plus a federal bailout of the L.A. school district, and for Congress to implement a Medicare-for-All entitlement.

Teachers’ unions typically march in lockstep with the Democrats. As an example,  the UTLA president apocalyptically said that, “It is time to take a stand against Trump’s dangerous, anti-science agenda that puts the lives of our members, our students, and our families at risk. We all want to physically open schools and be back with our students, but lives hang in the balance. Safety has to be the priority. We need to get this right for our communities.”

About 18,000 UTLA members responded to a poll in which 83 percent of them reportedly agreed with the union leadership that schools shouldn’t reopen on August 18 because of the coronavirus spike. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, “based on available evidence, most children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.”

Regardless of these lofty pronouncements about safety, a word that has virtually lost all meaning during COVID, the calculation on the left — which sees everything through a political lens  — seems to be as follows:

If kids don’t go back to school, the parents can’t go back to work, and thus the economy won’t recover in time for the November 2020 election.

According to one survey, most parents in L.A. want school to reopen.

It’s unclear if the teachers will continue to collect a salary if Los Angeles public schools remain closed.

Parenthetically, when a doom-and-gloom liberal makes a reference to science or anti-science, your BS detector should go on alert.

Like many/most parents, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos believes that school is the best place for kids this fall. She told FNC’s Chris Wallace on Sunday that “Kids have got to get back to school, and we can do that safely, and every community, every school, can look at what their actual physical circumstances are and figure out ways to do this safely…Our nation can’t afford to have kids not learning and preparing for their future.”

About President Trump’s vow to remove federal funding from school systems unwilling to reopen, DeVos declared that “American investment in education is a promise to students and their families. If schools aren’t going to reopen and fulfill that promise, they shouldn’t get the funds.”

Separately, the left-wing indoctrination that is more and more embedded in K-12 curriculum is an ongoing issue if/when schools reopen, and may cause parents to think twice about where to send their kids and explore more school-choice options.


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